Everything you do leaves a debt.

Ing. Jan Jileček
3 min readSep 21, 2020

The basic law of the Universe is that of karma. Everything you do leaves a debt, be it good or bad.

I use this philosophy for my everyday life. I know that when I will partake in hedonistic pleasures, it will incur a debt, I will have to pay for later.

So, when I have a day that is full of easy things, then I know the second day will be full of difficult things. Thus I try to do very difficult things, so I can have an easy time later.

The same goes for any kind of project. Be it your college project or a work project. When I go for the easy way out, and I make some short-sighted decision, it ALWAYS comes back, sooner or later, and kicks me in the butt.

I can’t say how many times I used a “hacky” solution in a programming project, only for it to bring bugs or other implementation difficulties later on.

Thus, I now I try to go for long-term decisions, that are often hard to make and implement but are the only right thing to do, compared to short-term solutions that will need a rework later.

This concept even has a name in programming - it’s called “technical debt”.

I realized the same thing about my college years. I used to do a lot of college projects at the last minute, and often create them so it worked so-so. I used to study for exams in the last 2 days and have cram sessions, often on some kind of a stimulant.

Now, years later, I am not so confident in my knowledge, even though I have a master’s degree on the subject. Now I wish I paid more ATTENTION in my college years and put a deeper effort into my projects. But I was young and I had other things on my mind.

I read somewhere that the “opposite of love is not hate, but indifference”. Or one could also say “lack of attention”. Paying attention is really what I feel is the most important thing. I regret not paying attention more. It’s the most valuable thing we have.

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

This 3rd Newton’s law could also be described in one word: enantiodromia. It’s a psychological term introduced by Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung, the founder of analytical psychology

Ing. Jan Jileček

INTP, UE5 dev, Master’s degree in comp-sci, Creator, indie game developer, director, writer, photographer. I like BJJ, Jungian psychology, mythology and memes.